An authorization code that allows users to install Microsoft Corp.'s new operating system for computer servers has leaked onto the Internet, raising the specter of widespread piracy even before the software is released. Microsoft security breached � again [ April 09, 2003: Message edited by: ersin eser ]
And as humorous as some people might think this is, it actually hurts the open source industry by making MS products "free". Why use Linux when you can get MS NewOS for nothing? I think we should be mad at MS for allowing this to happen and we should be mad at the idiots who stole the codes. LOL doesn't help anyone.
I agree with Thomas. I'd say there are a few things here: 1. My concern that even if MS could stop piracy, they'd still charge the same amount (if not more). This would be bad because most people are NOT going to switch to Open Source alternatives. Remember, a good 95% of the software/OS users are NOT programmers/network people, etc. 2. I sell software. I do not make big bucks. However, the current atmosphere of "pirate whatever you can" makes it very hard for me to make a living off my software. It is, pure and simple, stealing. What can we do about not JUST ensuring thaqt pricacy is minimized, but ALSO that prices are kept to a resonable level as well?